Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth) Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status. (Anne Robinson, The Times )
Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around. (Publishers Weekly )
Splendid fun. (New York Times Book Review )
'The detective novels of MC Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status.' (The Times)
'Beaton's newest continues one of the finest and most offbeat police procedural series around.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Splendid fun.' (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
All this is vintage Hamish and delights.
Unfortunately the rest of the novel is not in the same class. Maggie Baird, the "hussy" destined for destruction, is not so much a character as a contrivance. Very wealthy after sexually exploiting men for decades, she concentrates now on forever belittling her meek niece Alison and making advances at every man in sight. A terrible driver, it is perhaps appropriate she is responsible for the book's erratic directions and awkward manoeuvrings. Of all people, she is the one who initiates plans for Hamish's return. Why? She has only just arrived and never even knew him. Almost half way through the novel, she returns from a long absence (involving cosmetic surgery and the like), announces plans to publish her lurid memoirs, and invites to stay in her bungalow four former lovers - wanting them to compete for her hand in marriage. Credulity has thereby been stretched to the utmost in order to create a reasonable number of eventual suspects.
Of the five novels so far, this is the most creakingly constructed. Thank goodness for Hamish! He solves the murder and rescues the book (his detective work awesomely thorough for one who prefers being lazy).
The reader, as ever, greatly cares for him. His adventures enormously entertain. It would not hurt, though, if the cases investigated proved more convincing.
My wife has been a big Hamish Macbeth fan for years, and now I know why. This story was a great deal of fun to read. I enjoyed the characters that Ms. Beaton created, finding them interesting and well developed. I enjoyed her setting of small town Scotland, and found the story and setting believable and captivating. If you are interested in a story set in modern Scotland, or just a good mystery, then I highly recommend this book to you.
A couple of other reviewers have said they feel you get more from these if you read them in order, and I'm inclined to agree with that, but effectively, if you like others in the series, you'll most likely enjoy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I buy all the Hamish Macbeth books. They are light entertainment. Book was in excellent condition.Published 6 months ago by countryhaystack